The Crew

BareeshBareesh Chowdhury   

Bareesh has a wide range of interest, from current affairs, literature, sport and anything one can have an opinion about. A Political Science major minoring in Film and Economics, Bareesh is an aspiring journalist or filmmaker (or both!). Back in Dhaka, Bangladesh where he is from, he has worked in media, both at a newspaper and on radio.

FileonaFileona Dkhar    

Fileona is currently a Junior majoring in Comparative Literature with minors in Screen Studies and Studio Art. Between writing about and contemplating visual or literary culture, Fileona dines and takes excessively cozy naps. She also thinks it is absurd to choose between being a cat-person and a dog-person. Essentially, binaries are a no-no for her. The world is vast, the universe is expanding and everything is relative. In a way, everything matters.

  10257671_10152146011493002_2018273721149955323_nThemal Ellawala

Themal is never in one place for too long. Forever out of breath, it is fairly typical to see this Sri Lankan running between his classes in Psychology, Theater and History, his jobs as an RA and a student worker at the Admissions Office, and the research he is involved in at the Psychology Department. What little free time he has is devoted to reading, writing, and irresponsible amounts of eating.

 SuaidaSuaida Firoze    

Suaida is a senior, double-majoring in Economics and Management. This Bangladeshi can often be found cooking her favorite South Asian dish or giving a campus tour for Clark Admissions. She recently conducted a project with victims of sexual and domestic violence in Bangladesh, funded by Clark’s Steinbrecher Fellowship.  Along with her keen interests concerning human rights issues, Suaida also is a huge fan of American TV shows (Grey’s anatomy on repeat!) and superhero movies. Her favorites? Avengers and Iron Man.



 Sonam Gurung

Sonam is a first year student from Kathmandu, Nepal. She enjoys reading books, watching films and listening to music.  Ask her about Sofia Coppola and Mac DeMarco, and what she likes about them!


MichinoMichino Hisabayashi

Michino, our fearless editor, is a fifth year student in Geographic Information Science (GIS). This worldly woman has lived in all over the world, from Hong Kong to Thailand, Bangladesh to Japan and now in Worcester. Not only is she a long distance traveler and committed student, Michino finds the time to run marathons and enjoy all sorts of cuisines.

 LuluLulu Moyo  

Lulu Moyo is originally from Zimbabwe and resides in Maine when not at Clark. She is a senior studying International Development and Social Change with a focus in global education. Writing is one of her life passions as she is a slam and spoken word poet. Travel is highly important to her– Her favorite places she’s visited are Mauritius and Iceland. With travel comes her expansive palate and love for global food. Give her a playlist filled with Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, and a spicy, delectable dish and she’ll be as happy as can be.



Ashleigh Nongogo

Ashleigh is a first year student who loves travelling, jazz music, food and reading novels. Born and raised in Zimbabwe with a background of being half Kenyan and half South African, she is planning to double major in Political Science and Economics. Ashleigh is ready to debate about all sorts of topics, but her passion lies in politics and sports (football or ‘soccer‘, rugby and cricket).



Anh Nhu


Anh is a freshman, planning to pursue Biochemistry major at Clark. It is easy to find this Vietnamese busy with labs during the week, but she also likes writing to express her own opinions. For the ISSO blog, she wants to write about things that influenced her, and experiences she acquires just by being a Clarkie. She likes hanging out with friends, travelling, and playing tennis.



Naman Sindwani 
Passionate about his dreams, Naman is a graduate student pursuing his masters in Information Technology. Prior to that , Naman worked for PwC India as a consultant. Always having a contagious smile and fun loving personality, Naman in his free time likes to sing, play instruments and mimic random people around. He strongly believes you are never too old to set another dream or to dream another dream. If given a chance, he would love to organize his own musical concert.

Charis Smuthkochorn

Charis is a junior, majoring in Geography and minoring in Economics. This incredibly sweet and intelligent writer calls Bangkok, Thailand her home, but has lived and studied in many countries through her high school curriculum. She currently enjoys reading mystery novels, newspapers, and Thought Catalog articles.

   RadhikaRadhika Sharma  

Radhika, Clark senior who hails from New Delhi, India, is a ball of energy. Ask her about restaurants in Worcester, all things Indian, or her solo-travel experiences – with her self-proclaimed “award winning sense of humor,” you are never bored around her. The wanderlust bug recently bit her when she studied abroad in London School of Economics for a year, but first, she is looking forward to starting her professional life after she graduates this May.



Nidhi Thaker

Born and raised in Gujarat, India, Nidhi Thaker is a junior at Clark who has a keen interest in cultural anthropology. Not only is she a double major in Psychology and Management, but she is also a passionate Resident Adviser on campus. She is a dancer of 14 years, as well as a lover of art (she paints!), food, and reading.  



Patty Doherty  

Monday through Friday Patty advises all Clark international graduate students on immigration matters.  You can catch her 24/7 on e-mail except when she is paddling on Lake Quinsigamond, bicycling along the Narragansett Bay, or making tracks down to Brooklyn.  If you have lots of time, ask her about her Fulbright experience – better yet, ask her about her kids, their pets…

Veda Genkos     

Veda is our SEVIS coordinator.  If you want the scoop on restaurants in Worcester, talk to Veda, our Worcester native and resident local dining expert!  A skilled multi-tasker, if not cooking up a storm you can usually find her cheering on each of her three children at their many sporting events.  Lacrosse, basketball, softball, field hockey…need I say more? sVeda learned her organizational skills early – she is one of six sisters and their names all begin with the letter “V”.   It might be hard to believe that Veda takes time to slow down but she does relax when spending time up in Maine or playing backgammon.

Jessica Pelland  

If you are looking for Jessi, you can find her fielding phone calls at the front desk of the ISSO or making photocopies of student documents.  A brand new homeowner, Jessi, is eager to set up some bird feeders in her backyard and get her new garden in order.  Right now, Jessi, her husband and their two mischievous but very cute kittens are surrounded by boxes in their new abode.   Jess pays it forward – she speaks at events on behalf of the American Heart Association.


1 Comment

  1. My name is William Moore, and I work for the United Nations Millennium Campaign– specifically on a project called MY World, which is the first ever UN citizen survey (

    My colleague and I are currently traveling to 15 countries for a photo-narrative project called Humans of MY World:

    The project is similar to Humans of New York, except the focus is on people’s global development priorities–their specific priorities for a better world.

    I really enjoyed your article on other “Humans of” pages, and thought you might be interested in doing a piece on our project.

    If you are interested, I’d be happy to send you any other info or material that you might need.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    William Moore
    Chief Storyteller, United Nations Millennium Campaign

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